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Old 04-11-2012, 03:39 PM   #1
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Arrow Free alternatives to classic games

Just as the title suggests, this is an attempt to list free games that very closely follow a well-known product or franchise and can thus serve as an alternative to that particular game. These are mostly non-commercial projects, but some shareware games are also included.

What I have not included on the list are multiplayer-only games, browser-based games, and all kinds of free-to-play and "freemium" online products. I have also tried not to include projects that make use of original assets like graphics and sounds (unless authorized by original copyright holders, as is the case of T2002), so games like Mortal Kombat Project, Gods Deluxe or Return of the Triad are not on the list. Another thing out of the scope of this list are engine recreations that require original game assets to work.

Any further suggestions as to what games qualify as free alternatives are more than welcome

1. Free content replacement for original engine/engine recreation

Battle Isle 2200DoomDuke NukemThe Great Giana SistersHalf-LifeHereticHexen: Beyond HereticPanzer General IIQuakeQuake III: ArenaRPGMakerTotal AnnihilationTransport Tycoon DeluxeWarcraft II: Tides of DarknessX-COM: Enemy Unknown
2. Freeware clones

A-TrainCarrier CommandChip's ChallengeCrayon PhysicsCrimsonlandDungeon KeeperElasto ManiaEliteEscape VelocityGuitar HeroHerzog ZweiLemmingsLode RunnerMaster of MagicMicrosoft Flight SimulatorMinecraftOutRunParatrooperPlanet DefenderRailroad TycoonRescue!RPGMakerRobot OdysseyScorched EarthSecret AgentSentinelThe Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, ViciSid Meier's Civilization IISid Meier's ColonizationSimCityStuntsSuper Mario Bros.Super Mario KartTotal AnnihilationTransport Tycoon DeluxeTurricanWarlordsWarlords IIWing CommanderWing Commander: PrivateerWorms
3. Free games inspired by classic titles (not exact remakes)

Age of EmpiresAnno seriesBattle Isle 2200Battlefield series, Call of Duty seriesBos Wars, Command & Conquer: Red AlertBoulderDash, Emerald Mine, Supaplex, SokobanCastle of the Winds, Ancient Domains of MysteryCastlevania seriesCeltic Legends, Heroes of Might and Magic, CivilizationCommand & Conquer seriesDark ColonyDiabloDoomDoom, Quake etc.Dune IIEarthworm JimEmpire DeluxeFleet Command, HarpoonFrontier: Elite IIGradius, Castlevania, R-TypeGrand Prix LegendsGrand Theft Auto seriesGunHalf-Life: CounterstrikeHeroes of Might and Magic seriesKKnD, StarCraftLost VikingsMaster of MagicMaster of OrionNatural SelectionOxyd, Rock'n'RollPopulousPuzzle BobbleQuake III: Arena, Unreal TournamentR-TypeScorched EarthSid Meier's Civilization IISimCityStar Wars: TIE Fighter, Descent: FreespaceStarCraftSolar FoxSuper Monkey BallTurrican seriesUltima seriesWarcraft II: Tides of DarknessWarcraft III: Reign of ChaosWarsong, Master of MonstersWarlords IIWizardry VIIX-COM: Enemy Unknown
4. Board game implementations

DiplomacyRiskSpace HulkTitan
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:41 AM   #2
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Oh my, so many titles, I don't know where to start
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Thanks, that was new to me. Why don't you mention it in flightsimmers thread I started on that other forum?
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:18 AM   #3
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Actually I have full versions of both games above. Since the original company behind the game series doesn't seem to exist anymore and there seem to be (to my knowledge, maybe GOG?) no copyright holders for them, I could upload both to 4Shared for better linking, if that's ok with admins.
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* Gate: http://quinndunki.com/OGOL/GATE.html
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I know this won't fit your list because it uses "original assets", but a long time ago I uploaded a fan-made remake of DOOM 64 to a freeware game site. The trick was that I used FREEDOOM.WAD to power the game instead of DOOM2.WAD, and it still works!

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http://www.caiman.us/scripts/fw/f3391.html

P.S. There's a better fan-made remake out there now called DOOM 64 EX, which is more faithful to the original game and also has multiplayer support. I can't provide a precompiled package for this one though, as it requires the original N64 ROM to be converted into a DOOM WAD.
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Why don't you mention it in flightsimmers thread I started on that other forum?
Which one?

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Thanks! I think I've heard of Robot Odyssey but never played it. BTW, this made me remember some other strategy/puzzle game involving robots or something, I think the title has the word "Planet" in it. Anyway, that game also has a freeware enhanced remake (or an "inspired by" game).

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I know this won't fit your list because it uses "original assets", but a long time ago I uploaded a fan-made remake of DOOM 64 to a freeware game site. The trick was that I used FREEDOOM.WAD to power the game instead of DOOM2.WAD, and it still works!
I know about the Doom 64: Absolution project, and I thought that it should work with Freedoom's version of DOOM2.WAD. Are you part of the development team?
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I know about the Doom 64: Absolution project, and I thought that it should work with Freedoom's version of DOOM2.WAD. Are you part of the development team?
Unfortunately no. All I did was, where the game said to place DOOM2.WAD, I placed the FREEDOOM WAD instead, and it still worked.
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I'm not surprised that it worked since it is my understanding that from the start the Freedoom project was intended for running mods and TCs.

It's also very similar to the way the DOS full version of HacX (v1.1) can be run without the original DOOM2.WAD. HacX v1.2 uses assets from Freedoom in its main IWAD to substitute for the files (like the main palette) that it would originally read from DOOM2.WAD.
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Which one?
http://www.mobygames.com/forums/dga,2/dgb,5/dgm,170269/
Others are welcome as well.
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Just... no. The Cube games are basically an engine with textures and models randomly slapped together into barely playable maps to showcase it's capability, last time I checked. <.<
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